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's goal, halt mitt romney's momentum. powell ryan he well do anything to keep it going. abc's diane sawyer sat down exclusively with president obama and she asked him, what happened at that first debate? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well not the first time i have had a bad night. i think what's important that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> reporter: romney is on the hot seat. he told iowa's des moines register, quote, there is no legislation with regards to b s bors -- abortion that i am familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> do i believe the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade. yes. >> before he left for kentucky. ryan was grilled by report ears but romney seeming to downplay what he would do about abortion as president. >> our position is unified, consistent and hasn't changed. >> the president agreed that romney has been consistent. >> governor romney has made very clear that, itch a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe v. wade he will be supportive of that. he said i will appoint
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most trusted advisors." ryan's challenge? to be seen as credible and keep romney's momentum going. in most battleground states, the race is essentially tied, and obama's lead in ohio appears to be narrowing. ryan has only previously participated in around eight debates for his congressional seat. the vice president has run for president twice, debating 16 times, plus squaring off against sarah palin for the gig he has now. >> can i call you joe? >> reporter: biden has been cramming, studying ryan's positions and the book, "young guns," the book that the congressman co-wrote, looking for fodder. >> i just want to make sure when i say these things that i don't have the congressman saying, "no, no, no, i don't have that position." >> reporter: though he is known for gaffes and verbosity, the structure of the debates seems to help him, forcing him to be concise and stick to script. >> he's fast on the cuff. he's a witty guy. he knows who he is and he's been doing this for 40 years. >> reporter: in addition to watching clips of the vice president's many debates, ryan has studied news c
Oct 12, 2012 6:30pm EDT
kennedy? >> reporter: biden went right at ryan over mitt romney's controversial comments calling 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes irresponsible. >> the idea, if you heard that, that little sol little quill on 47%, you think he just made a mistake, then i got a bridge to sell you. >> i think the vice president very well knows sometimes the words don't come out of your mouth the right way. >> but i always say what i mean. >> reporter: when biden wasn't talking, he seemed oddly amused. by our count -- smiling or breaking out in laughter 92 separate times. expressive, often interrupting and occasionally personal. >> this is a bunch of stuff. look, here's the deal. >> what does that mean, a bunch of stuff? >> well, it means it's simply inaccurate. >> it's irish. >> it -- it is. we irish call it malarkey. >> thanks for the translation. >> reporter: and ryan needled ryan over the president's performance in last week's debate. >> i know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground. but i think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. >> r
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to be joe. congressman ryan is a smart and effective speaker. but his yood ideas are the wro ones. and joe understands that. >> reporter: message to mitt romney? about tuesday night? >> well, i don't need to send a message to mitt romney. i think he will, once again, be very well prepared. you know, he -- you know, he makes a good power point presentation. i look forward to seeing hill. >> reporter: and he says, taking him on, on issues where he shifted, like legal abortion. during the primaries, the governor made it clear he would like to see a repeal of roe versus wade. but yesterday, in an interview, he said this. "there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda." >> well, look. this is -- this is another example of governor romney to sixes he's been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> reporter: is it a lie? >> governor romney has made very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe versus wade, that he will be fully supportive of that. and he said, i will appoint justices that will overturn roe versus wade.